Discover Benelux | Editor’s Note
Discover Benelux Issue 47, November 2017 Published 11.2017 ISSN 2054-7218 Published by Scan Group Print Liquid Graphic Ltd Executive Editor Thomas Winther Creative Director Mads E. Petersen Editor Anna Villeleger Copy-editor Isa Hemphrey Graphic Designer Mercedes Moulia Contributors Bas van Duren Bettina Guirkinger Charlotte van Hek Eddi Fiegel Ella Put Frank van Lieshout Juliën L’Ortye
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4 | Issue 47 | November 2017
The nights are drawing in and summertime is now only a distant memory, but luckily our November issue is here to brighten up your month with plenty of our usual design inspiration, holiday ideas and A-list interviews. This month our cover star is Flemish singer Emma Bale, who was named Best Solo Female at Belgium’s prestigious Music Industry Awards (MIAs) earlier this year and also scooped the award for best Belgian act at last year’s MTV Europe Music Awards. During our conversation, I was struck by Bale’s maturity: it is hard to believe the singer was only born in 1999. Although as she points out, her first single came out when she was just 14, so she had to grow up pretty fast. Head to page 56 to read the interview in full. This time of year can sometimes leave us feeling a little rundown and in need of some pampering, so this month we decided to profile some of the best spa treatments in Belgium. After all, even the word spa is derived from the Walloon word ‘espa’, which means ‘fountain’. In turn, this comes from the Belgian town of Spa, where a therapeutic thermal spring was discovered in the 14th century. Unsurprisingly for a country responsible for the name of every spa in the world, the choices of treatments in Belgium are second to none, and the Flanders region is home to some of the country’s finest wellness and beauty retreats. Take your pick from page 42 onwards! Meanwhile, if museums are more your thing then do not miss this month’s bursting cultural calendar where we highlight some of this season’s must-see exhibitions. If you can stand to hear the word ‘Christmas’ in November, why not get into the festive spirit nice and early as festivities start to kick off across the Benelux later this month. See you in December!
Anna Villeleger, Editor
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